The Algarve Wine Society held its annual Gala Dinner and Dance at Pestana Hotel Vila Sol on Friday February 28th. Ninety-four members and guests attended.
The Annual General Meeting was convened by the Assembleia Geral’s Vice President, Larry Hampton.
Anne Green, President of the Direcção, in her written report summarized the eleven events which took place during a very successful 2013, including several wine tastings, the traditional Gala black tie dinner dance following the AGM, a summer party, a Christmas dinner/dance and a gourmet dinner and trips to the Costa Alentejana and the Douro in Portugal.
The Secretary, Nigel Adams, reported that there were 215 members, with 25 new ones having joined since the start of the year. A new website (www.algarvewinesociety.com) has been established up for members and potential new members are now able to apply to join direct from the website.
The Treasurer, David Grindley, gave his report, declaring a balanced financial situation for the Society. Ron Dodsworth, President of the Conselho Fiscal, assured the assembly that the Society´s books were in order.
With business matters over, the members meandered happily over to enjoy enjoyed a fabulous dinner at L’Olive Restaurant. The starter was Crème brulé of “Foie Gras” with figs and massala compote, walnut bread, followed by Loin of cod fish on a bed of Champagne vegetables risotto, and a seafood butter sauce, and then Pineapple sorbet with Goji Berries and peppermint soda. The main course was Filet mignon of beef on chorizo gravy, potatoes gratin with truffle aroma and artichoke heart crusted with parmesan crumble. A cheese plate followed with compote and crackers, and the dessert was a Trilogy of chocolate. Coffee and traditional Portuguese custard tart finished the meal. And, of course, there were some superb wines from Granadeiro and tawny and LBV port from Grahams.
Thanks to David Grindley’s organization and the excellent service at the L’Olive Restaurant members and guests had another successful evening. Special thanks were extended to Idalecia Agostinho and the staff at Pestana Vila Sol and Ilze van Zanten who kept us dancing late into the evening.